The next element we added to our watercolor lessons is water. We did the big sky, with more clouds and a nice warm underpainting. Then added our treelines (lighter further away), and did our water. I have been teaching the class, step by step... doing once section of my demonstration and then letting the students do the same part. Once they finish that part, we move to the next. It has been a nice way to keep the paintings from getting overwhelming and to make sure the students understand the technique we are learning.
Each student got to pick their own teacup to draw and paint. They started with a thumbnail drawing to get used to drawing the shapes, symmetry and to see the shadows. Then we drew them on 11x15 inch watercolor paper and learned how to soften edges to create fading shadows with the watercolor paints.
I set up a still life for the students and had them look at the shapes and where the highlights landed on the apples. The students did their thumbnail drawings showing the shape of the bowl, shadows and apples. We covered the canvasboard with black gesso and looked at some still life fruit paintings by Cezanne. We talked about painting with bigger shapes, not much blending and letting some of the black show through. It was fun to watch the students play with color mixing and painting the shapes. I will post the rest next week.
We talked about mosaics and also looked at some famous paintings. Each student chose a painting to copy using magazine cutout pieces for the mozaic tiles and glued them on illustration board. It was a chance for them to slow down and study the painting they were copying. I am so proud of the students. You can see that they did a great job on this project.
I set up a still life with eggs and buckets on easter grass and asked the students to create a painting using oil pastels. They did a few thumbnails and chose the one that worked best for them. We also talked about how if the light is coming from the top, then the round eggs would have a shadow underneath.